West Virginia in the Civil War
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Dennis E. Frye retired as Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry after 20 years of service and another dozen years as a supervisory park ranger at the park. Dennis is the author of 11 books and 104 articles and has been published in every prestigious Civil War magazine. He also is an acclaimed guide, leading tours for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, the New York Times and major universities. Dennis often has appeared as a scholar on national and international television, and he was a principal consultant on three Emmy-award programs (John Brown, Antietam & Maryland in the Civil War). Dennis also is an awarded preservationists, and is a founder and past president of today's American Battlefields Trust. Dennis is a native of the Harpers Ferry area, and his playground was the fortifications of Maryland Heights. ... See MoreSee Less
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Droop Mountain, located three miles south of Hillsboro in Pocahontas County, was the site of one of the most important Civil War battles in West Virginia, as well as the last large-scale engagement fought on our soil. The decisive Union victory ended Confederate efforts to control the new state.
Between August and December 1863, Gen. William W. Averell led his Union soldiers in three daring raids. Averell’s second raid resulted in the Battle of Droop Mountain, fought November 6, 1863. Averell, based at Beverly, launched a pincer movement in conjunction with Gen. Alfred N. Duffie, at Charleston, moving to entrap the Confederate forces in the vicinity of Lewisburg. Although the plan failed, Averell’s 5,000-man force of cavalry, infantry, and artillery, clashed with some 1,700 Confederates under Gen. John Echols on the crest of Droop Mountain.
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